Archived Story Tips for 2013
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Power Grid—Preparing for natural disasters . . .
Software developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help emergency responders predict where power outages are likely when a storm hits, which can minimize the amount of time people are in the dark.
Computing—Spotlight on super machines . . .
Computer aficionados now have a new virtual encyclopedia focused on high-performance computing trends, architecture, software, applications, facilities and sponsors.
Plasmonics—Revolutionary sensors . . .
By coupling quantum light sources with quantum information squeezed through nano-scale triangular holes strategically etched into a thin layer of silver, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated a path to sensors and information processing up to 10 times better than what was previously possible with plasmonics.
Biomedical—Bridging the gap . . .
Researchers from disparate scientific disciplines will gather at Oak Ridge National Laboratory May 21-23 for a conference aimed at building global networks to tackle some of society's most challenging biomedical problems.
Climate—Model improvements . . .
At the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, researchers are helping accelerate development of a model that the climate science community depends upon to generate simulation data for periodic planetary assessments.
Analytics—Device has ORNL pedigree . . .
With the introduction of Prosolia's flowprobe, researchers have an instrument that could accelerate drug discovery, aid in cancer research and improve the way scientists perform hundreds of tests.
Climate—Going small with big computers . . .
ORNL's supercomputers are allowing climate scientists to zoom in on smaller and smaller areas to try to determine whether local and regional droughts influence climate extremes on a larger scale.
Transportation—Highway to green . . .
Aggressive government policies, technological advances and increased use of alternative fuels will be needed to reduce petroleum consumption by 80 percent by 2050, according to a National Research Council report.
Energy—Extending reactor life . . .
Recent technical enhancements at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor are providing researchers with a more comprehensive suite of characterization tools that could help extend the lives of U.S.
Environment—Seeing through soil . . .
Recent droughts have drawn attention to the importance of water availability and management in agriculture and forestry, yet how plants absorb and distribute water is not well understood by scientists.
Energy—Reducing biorefinery waste . . .
By introducing microbial fuel cells into the corn stover biorefinery waste recovery process, a team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated a new way to produce bioenergy from the process waste stream.
Health—Faster vitamin analysis . . .
Quantitative analyses of vitamins can be done in minutes with minimal processing, saving time and money with a technique successfully demonstrated by a team of Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers.
Climate—Recreating the past . . .
About 22,000 years ago the Earth's great ice sheets began to decline, bringing an end to the Last Glacial Maximum.
Lighting—Brighter future for LEDs . . .
Lights at the Superdome could have been back on in minutes with an LED system developed by an Oak Ridge company that's using Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology.
Environment—Better hydrogen trap . . .
With the development of a new method to trap hydrogen in clathrate hydrates, which are ice-like structures, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have made a discovery that could have broad implications for hydrogen storage and astrophysics.
Health—Neutron imaging breast cancer . . .
More precise imaging is vital for better diagnosis of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women over their lifetimes in the United States alone.
Materials—Grand-scale graphene . . .
In the race to make graphene available for flexible touch screens, smart phones, flat-panel displays, solar panels and more, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and New Mexico State University have produced a graphene sheet 40 inches in diagonal.
Climate—Adapting to change . . .
By studying the effects of climate change on the Gulf Coastal region's economy, agriculture and energy production, ORNL researchers are addressing key questions posed by the Department of Energy while designing a tool that the scientific community can use to predict how climate change will impact small localized areas elsewhere.
Tech Transfer—Bridging the Gap event . . .
Several of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's most promising applied R&D capabilities will be in the spotlight March 5-6 as dozens of entrepreneurs, investors and scientists gather at the lab's third annual Bridging the Gap conference.
Cyber Security—Thwarting threats . . .
Many of the nation's foremost authorities on cyber security will gather in Oak Ridge Jan.
Materials—Virtually friction free . . .
Ships of tomorrow could glide through the water with less energy because of a technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Pittsburgh.